Friday, July 7, 2017

Lionti 1/2 - Trowbridge 1/2

Mike Lionti and I played a Grunfeld Defense on Wednesday. There was a little activity in the middle-game during which I may have had a small advantage but I must have misplayed it and it came to nothing. We ended up in a bishops-of-opposite-color ending and played on for many moves, neither of us willing to make a draw offer in spite of the position. Eventually a perpetual all but forced itself on us.

Mike played good chess, I thought 14. Ne4 and 18. f4 were particularly well played. I have to be more aggressive and take more chances.

Lionti-Trowbridge, CCCR Wednesday Trnmt., July 5, 2017
G/80 5sD     Grunfeld Opening


2...g6 After 2...e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 O-O 6.Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 d6 8.Qc2 Nd7 = though white went on to win Lionti-Trowbridge, CCCR Wed May 2016.

7...Nb6 7...Nxc3 8. bxc3 c5 9. O-O Bg4?! 10. h3 Bf5 += Lionti-Trowbridge, CCCR Wed June 2015

8...e6? Many moves have been tried here before, but you don't usually see 8...e6. Its sole accomplishment is to keep black's c8 bishop from developing.

10. Bd2     This also is a little inaccurate. The bishop doesn't do anything here although it does get in the way of its own queen. Our eighth and tenth moves seem to have cancelled themselves out.

13...Bg4! A good move. Black has improved his lot in life over the last few moves.

14. Ne4! I was more worried about 14. Bc1 but this is a good response.

14...Bxf3 I could not decide on 14...Bxf3 or Nxe5. After a long think they both seemed to leave  Black with good chances so I made a random decision. It was the wrong decision however.

18. f4! It's evident that black has squandered his opportunities and now only the smallest of advantages, if that, remain.

20...Nc3 The potential path of white's knight through c5-b7 or -e6 gave me a lot of fear so I rather incorrectly assumed it was best to trade it off. Afterwards the game is just very drawish.

26. Bxd1   Apparently our strategy is to hope the other player blundered as that's the only way to make anything of this other than a draw.

41. Kxf4 White has casually thrown a pawn away but in this ending that's still nothing. It's totally drawn.

45. Kd5 White will now go on to regain the pawn he lost.

53...Bb4   The white king is stalemated but of course black can't make any progress either.


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